Notes from Nurse McGill
Facts About Pinkeye:
Bacterial pinkeye is distinguished by thick, yellowish-green drainage from the affected eye. This may prevent the eye
Viral pinkeye is the most common form of pinkeye. Symptoms usually include a watery drainage from the eyes which is often accompanied by cold-like symptoms. Eyelids may appear swollen.
Allergic pinkeye is caused by allergies or chemicals (such as contact lens solution or cosmetics). Eyes tend to be itchy with a watery discharge.
Bacterial and viral pinkeye are extremely contagious. It is spread through eye-to-hand and hand-to-eye contact. Children should wash their hands frequently.
Allergic pinkeye is not contagious and tends to disappear on its own once the irritant is removed.
Pinkeye with a clear discharge should not prevent the child from attending school. For pinkeye with a white or colored discharge, the child’s doctor will recommend when he can return to school.
A diagnosis should always be made by the doctor
The clinic is in need of new girls’ and boys’ underwear, sizes 5 and 6. Any donation will be appreciated!
Vicki McGill, RN
School Nurse, Oak Grove ES